The Virtual of Kinetics of Materials Laboratory

web interface to develop, modify, and execute FiPy and other python-based applications

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The Virtual Kinetics of Materials Laboratory (VKML) is a web environment to develop microstructural evolution models by using FiPy, a powerful set of python-based libraries to write Partial Differential Equations. A basic set of examples is provided. Each example can be readily edited, debugged, and run online. The developed interface also provides a TKInter-based GUI, which enables the user to rapidly prototype flexible interfaces with sliders, menus, and buttons. Other (static) VKML modules are: VKML : Dendritic Growth VKML : Polycrystalline Growth and Coarsening VKML : Spinodal Decomposition VKML : Spinodal Decomposition 3D

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Alexander Bartol and R. Edwin Garcia


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  • Alex Bartol, Michael McLennan, R. Edwin Garcia (2015), "The Virtual of Kinetics of Materials Laboratory," (DOI: 10.4231/D3X05XC2G).

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